In September, Apple was ordered by Brazil’s Ministry of Justice to stop selling iPhones if the package does not include a power adapter, and was fined BRL 12.275 million – $2.34 million.
Now Cupertino has been fined again for the same thing, this time in the Civil Court of Sao Paulo. The lawsuit, filed by a Brazilian consumer organization, says a second purchase is required for the product to work, and Apple must pay 100 million BRL (about $19 million) in damages.
Apple iPhone 12 Pro and box contents (not pictured: stickers)
Judge Karamuru Afonso Francisco said Apple must provide chargers to all users in Brazil who bought iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 devices in the past two years, and must include the adapters in future purchases. The decision is not final and can be appealed.
Apple cites environmental reasons for moving the Lightning to a USB-C cable from 2020, not the adapter in iPhones from 2020. Since then, several other makers have followed suit, especially in the premium segment.